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Nostalgia for the Downtown Slacker: Bertoglio's 'Downtown 81' and Linklater's 'Slacker'

Both Bertoglio's Downtown 81 and Linklater's Slacker showcase characters who are blissfully aimless, anarchic souls discretely or overtly spurning a predictable, soulless society.

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The Young: Chrome Cactus

The Young's sophomore effort demonstrates the band's talent and potential but the overall creation is lacking.

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The Anti- SXSW: A Festival for the Disheveled at Couch By Couchwest

A no-cost counterpoint to SXSW one can enjoy at their leisure, Couch By Couchwest is a festival where the beer is cheaper and the only hipster is you.

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Loves It: All We Are

Wacky folk duo Loves It draws deep from a wild variety of genres for their second album and demonstrate an incredibly broad emotional palette to boot.

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My Jerusalem: Preachers

For My Jerusalem, it's not merely about writing and performing songs, but imbuing them with atmosphere and taking the listener on a trip into a nocturnal setting where the most torrid and primitive emotions can flourish.

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Amy Cook: Summer Skin

The singsong rhythms, light syncopation, and gently sung lyrics belie the violence of the cruel world. The result can simply be called weird.

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Echotone: Austin, Texas: The Quiet Fight for a Louder Future

This is a scattershot documentary about live music in Austin, Texas, that features a lot of great material with local musicians, but bails out on its intriguing noise vs. neighbors premise early in the film.

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Dana Falconberry: Though I Didn’t Call It Came

Thoroughly charming set from Austin-based singer-songwriter.

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Cotton Mather: Kontiki (Deluxe Edition)

The Austin-based band’s tracks sound like George Harrison leftovers from the Sgt. Pepper era.

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Wiretree: Make Up

Mixed bag from Austin indie-pop quartet...

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Umphrey's McGee: 20 April 2011 - Austin, TX

With relentless touring over the past decade, Umphrey's McGee have staked out a spot near the top of the jam rock mountain.

Greg M. Schwartz
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Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real: 11 February 2011 - Austin, TX

If rock 'n' roll's spiritual power can truly save the planet, it is messengers like Lukas Nelson will lead the way.

Greg M. Schwartz
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Los Amigos Invisibles + Trombone Shorty: 18 February 2011 - Austin, TX

Two great party bands for one low bargain price at the hottest new venue in town has been a formula for double happiness.

Greg M. Schwartz
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Big Head Blues Club: 4 February 2011 - Austin, TX

Sometimes revisiting the influences of the past can be a way to rekindle one's own inspiration and the Robert Johnson material seems to be firing up this crew.

Greg M. Schwartz
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Baths + Braids: 5 February 2011 - Austin, TX

Braids and Baths managed to transform the Mohawk stage into their own exhibitions of craft and skill, and it helped make the near record lows that had plagued central Texas leading up to the show a distant memory.

Ryan Lester
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Keller Williams: 22 January 2011 - Austin, TX

Fans are definitely on a first name basis with the modern-day improvisational troubadour. His laid-back vibe and amicable demeanor make him seem more like just another music fan than any kind of rock star.

Greg M. Schwartz
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The Dandy Warhols: 14 November 2010 - Austin, TX

With the horrific state of the economy in 2010, partying like it's 1999 is just what the doctor ordered.

Greg M. Schwartz
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EOTO: 16 October 2010 - Austin, TX

String Cheese Incident percussionists Michael Travis and Jason Hann have been pushing the envelope of what electronic-oriented dance music can be with EOTO by mixing live sampling with organic instrumentation.

Greg M. Schwartz
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Galactic + T-Bird and the Breaks: 31 October 2010 - Austin, TX

If there's a better Halloween scene in America tonight (remember the temperature is also near 70 degrees), it's hard to imagine where it might be.

Greg M. Schwartz
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STS9: 30 October 2010 - Austin, TX

The rock-tronica stalwarts STS9 were treated to one of the most festive audiences in Stubbs' history and they responded in kind with a most memorable show.

Greg M. Schwartz
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ACL Music Festival Day 3: 10 October 2010 - Austin, TX

As I walk slowly down the street, back towards the heart of South Austin that I now call my home, I realize there is no other place I would rather be than ACL and I look forward to next year.

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ACL Music Festival Day 2: 9 October 2010 - Austin, TX

Day two of our three day coverage of the ACL Music Festival, and fatigue still runs high, while Black Lips and LCD Soundsystem shine. M.I.A, unfortunately, is a different story.

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ACL Music Festival Day One: 8 October 2010 - Austin, TX

The first of our three day coverage of the Austin City Limits Music Festival finds PopMatters' Eddie Ciminelli experiencing euphoria, nostalgia and some serious fatigue.

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Bee Vs. Moth: Acronymous

Throughout Acronymous there are musical allusions to Don Caballero, Herb Alpert, Ornette Coleman, and, maybe distantly, a more raucous Calexico. In any case, their Austin roots are strong.

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Railroad Earth: 15 October 2010 - Austin, TX

It's tricky to pinpoint exactly what it is that Railroad Earth does, but whatever it is, it's working.

Greg M. Schwartz
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Caribou: 14 October 2010 - Austin, TX

Caribou mastermind Dan Snaith's onstage energy helped morph the set at La Zona Rosa into a joyous, memorable set of songs from one of electronic music's most eclectic and forward thinking artists.

Ryan Lester
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The Futureheads: 12 October 2010 - Austin, TX

While it had been four years since the band last came to Austin, the Futureheads rewarded fans for waiting with a night of camaraderie, showmanship, and a performance that proved that you don’t have to change your sound to be a great rock band.

Ryan Lester
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Raul Malo: Sinners and Saints

He's no angel, but has the voice of one.

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Drive-By Truckers + The Henry Clay People: 24 September 2010 - Austin, TX

The Henry Clay People and Drive-By Truckers might seem like a bit of a mismatch at first glance, but both bands feature a high energy, guitar-driven sound and heartfelt vocals that strike a chord with the soul.

Greg M. Schwartz
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The Pixies: 21 September 2010 - Austin, TX

While they may not have released any new material in almost 20 years, the Pixies are a band content with reliving their past glories.

Ryan Lester
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'Artois the Goat': When the Goat Talks, Listen

Artois the Goat is a love story. It's a classic tale of boy-meets-goat, boy-loses-mind, boy-makes-cheese set against the epic backdrop of a west Texas sky.

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Concrete Blonde: 19 June 2010 - Austin, TX

The deepest testament to the staying power of both the album and the band is the rabid crowd that greets the returning heroes at Emo's. From the opening notes of the album's title track and powerful opener, “Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)”, there's an electrifying vibe in the air that never fades during the band's lengthy set.

Greg M. Schwartz
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Robert Randolph and the Family Band: 7 June 2010 - Austin, TX

We Walk This Road is arguably Randolph's best album yet, and the band's live show is continuing to grow more and more dynamic.

Greg M. Schwartz
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OK Go + Earl Greyhound: 19 May 2010 - Austin, TX

Some people probably only know OK Go from their creative videos, which have garnered the band much acclaim and record-setting views on YouTube. But this isn't a gimmick band.

Greg M. Schwartz
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White Rabbits + Here We Go Magic: 14 April 2010 - Austin, TX

White Rabbits soon return and wind up being joined by every member of Here We Go Magic for a memorable jam that displays the vibrant camaraderie between the two bands.

Greg M. Schwartz
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Signal Path + The Malah: 20 February 2010 - Austin, TX

Signal Path bill themselves as “acoustically inspired electronic music from the Western front", which sounds about right.

Greg M. Schwartz
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Karl Denson's Tiny Universe: 12 February 2010 - Austin, TX

Denson blends the classic jazz skills of Branford Marsalis with the funk sensibility of Maceo Parker, bringing together the best of both worlds.

Greg M. Schwartz

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